William Parhas passed away on May 27, 2018, reuniting with his beloved wife, Eleanor, whom he lost almost three decades ago. He is survived by loving family who include: his daughters, Anita Parhas and Karen Reynolds, his sister, Frances Interlandi, grandsons, Keith Reynolds and Ian Reynolds and nephew William Interlandi.
He was a World War II combat veteran, earning a bronze star during his service in Germany. After WWII, he embarked upon a career in real estate as a builder and broker in Yonkers, New York. He built the home in which his family lived.
William Parhas had a lifelong love of music. He studied percussion with Gene Krupa in Yonkers and music at Juillard in New York City. He was a bandleader, drummer and vocalist of a Swing Orchestra which often featured his brother-in-law, Benedict Interlandi, on bass and his beloved wife, Eleanor, as vocalist. His signature tune was "Harlem Nocturne". He also appreciated Rock and Latin music, the drummer Ginger Baker and enjoyed accompanying his daughters to rock concerts.
He was a renowned animal lover who looked after the neighborhood strays as well as a benefactor to those in need. He received private care from a team of angels who aided him in his latter years.